Murder Takes the Cake

Murder Takes the Cake PDF ¾ Murder Takes  PDF/EPUB or
    download books from your favorite authors on Apple books to help solve the murder and clear her good name Problem is, her Virginia hometown is brimming with people who had good reason to kill Yodel, and Daphne s whole family is among Murder Takes PDF/EPUB or them."/>
  • Paperback
  • 260 pages
  • Murder Takes the Cake
  • Gayle Trent
  • English
  • 03 June 2018
  • 0980245362

About the Author: Gayle Trent

aka Holly Jordan, Amanda Lee Gayle Leeson Gayle is a Southwest Virginia based author who is working on the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating Mystery series The first book in the series, MURDER TAKES THE CAKE tells the story of Daphne Martin, a forty year old divorcee who returns to her fictional hometown of Brea Ridge, Virginia to start her life over She has left behind an ex husband who is in prison for an Murder Takes PDF/EPUB or attempt on Daphne s life, a dingy apartment and a stale career She has started fresh in a new home with a new career, Daphne s Delectable Cakes, a cake decorating company Daphne runs out of her home She is thrilled to be living closer to her beloved niece and nephew, although being close to other family members brings up lifelong resentments andthan a couple complications Daphne is also reunited with childhood friend, Ben Jacobs, a full fledged HAG hot, available guy Daphne s business hits a snag when her first client turns up dead Series Daphne Martin Mystery Myrtle Crumb.


Murder Takes the Cake❴EPUB❵ ✼ Murder Takes the Cake Author Gayle Trent – Johndore.co.uk Cozy murder mystery When the meanest gossip in Brea Ridge dies mysteriously, suspicions turn to cake decorator Daphne Martin But all Daphne did was deliver a spice cake with cream cheese frosting and Cozy murder mystery When the meanest gossip in Brea Ridge dies mysteriously, suspicions turn to cake decorator Daphne Martin But all Daphne did was deliver a spice cake with cream cheese frosting and find Yodel s body Now Daphne s got to help solve the murder and clear her good name Problem is, her Virginia hometown is brimming with people who had good reason to kill Yodel, and Daphne s whole family is among Murder Takes PDF/EPUB or them.

You may also like...

10 thoughts on “Murder Takes the Cake

  1. Tari says:

    I ve had this book for quite sometime now and finally got a chance to read it Since the author has other series I was wanting to try, I know I ll like those after reading this one I really enjoyed these characters, and I think Myra, Daph s neighbor had to be my favorite She was nosy but in a lovable way Daphne s niece and nephew were fun too I loved how much they enjoyed being with their aunt and how she went out of her way to show them a good time just by simply baking with them.I was glad I ve had this book for quite sometime now and finally got a chance to read it Since the author has other series I was wanting to try, I know I ll like those after reading this one I really enjoyed these characters, and I think Myra, Daph s neighbor had to be my favorite She was nosy but in a lovable way Daphne s niece and nephew were fun too I loved how much they enjoyed being with their aunt and how she went out of her way to show them a good time just by simply baking with them.I was glad that Daphne and Ben started seeing each other after reading that they were an item in high school Ben was a really sweet guy well who wouldn t love a guy that used to play Shaggy when you and your friends played being Scooby Doo characters, ya know He was a good date and buddy to sleuth with There were some great red herrings in the story At one point, I did start suspecting the person who ended up as the killer, but I didn t have the entire reasoning down It all played out really nice, and I was proud of how Daphne handled herself in the showdown She was really thinking ahead I couldn t resist ordering the second book, then I discovered I have the third on my Kindle Since this was a short lived 5 book series, I ll have to savor it

  2. Heather says:

    I m a big fan of murder mysteries, but I m getting a little tired of the books where an unsuspecting, decidedly non professional female detective finds herself in the middle of a hot mystery This book falls deeply into that category, but unfortunately I can t even rate it as one of the better examples of this genre.This book wasn t particularly well written, the storyline felt old and used, and although I believe the author was trying to lend an air of authenticity to her protagonist s career a I m a big fan of murder mysteries, but I m getting a little tired of the books where an unsuspecting, decidedly non professional female detective finds herself in the middle of a hot mystery This book falls deeply into that category, but unfortunately I can t even rate it as one of the better examples of this genre.This book wasn t particularly well written, the storyline felt old and used, and although I believe the author was trying to lend an air of authenticity to her protagonist s career as a professional cake baker by giving specific examples of how to mix and decorate cakes, it just was too little too juvenile to make me want to read any further into the series.All I can say is that this was a very quick read that would be a suitable palate cleanser between better books, or something to toss in a beach bag for when you need something to read that doesn t require a whole lot of brain power I m glad this was a free download from theKindle store, because I wouldn t have spent my own money on this one

  3. Christine says:

    If you re looking for a layer cake, this is not the cake for you A simple sheet cake with vanilla frosting, delightful..but nothing truly special I was pleased to get this on my Kindle for a quick, mindless read, but that was definately all it was With little to no attachment to the main character who was practically useless, an empty affair that was barely resolved at all, a mystery that was bland and involvedunlikeable characters and page after page of empty cake decorating blather, I If you re looking for a layer cake, this is not the cake for you A simple sheet cake with vanilla frosting, delightful..but nothing truly special I was pleased to get this on my Kindle for a quick, mindless read, but that was definately all it was With little to no attachment to the main character who was practically useless, an empty affair that was barely resolved at all, a mystery that was bland and involvedunlikeable characters and page after page of empty cake decorating blather, I m actually going to change my score from 3 to 2 stars right now.Not recommended So many better chick lit mysteries out there with FLAVOR

  4. Jamie says:

    Things aren t off to a great start for Daphne Martin She s just returned to her home town to start a cake decorating business and her first client turns up dead When it s revealed that the woman had been poisoned, suddenly Daphne s cake orders screech to a standstill and she realizes that, if someone doesn t figure out who murdered her first customer, she might never get a second.Our leading lady isn t quite what I was expecting for someone with her history She stands up for herself, is eager Things aren t off to a great start for Daphne Martin She s just returned to her home town to start a cake decorating business and her first client turns up dead When it s revealed that the woman had been poisoned, suddenly Daphne s cake orders screech to a standstill and she realizes that, if someone doesn t figure out who murdered her first customer, she might never get a second.Our leading lady isn t quite what I was expecting for someone with her history She stands up for herself, is eager to be independent after several years of marriage, has serious issues with her family, and is surprisingly trusting Her issues with her mother mellow out a little by the end, and we do end up feeling a littleunderstanding of her side of things, but there s no escaping what a huge bitch she s been Her daughter is nearly murdered by her abusive husband, she has to go through a trial whereupon he s sentenced to seven years for assault with a deadly weapon, and not only does she not bother showing up to support Daphne in court but she harasses her over divorcing him and encourages her to make up with himHe said he was sorry, Mom had scolded me over the phone You made the man angry, Daphne You know how you can be A person can only take so much I d hung up on her A person couldonly take so much. Gayle Trent, Murder Takes the Cake, p.16 What had gotten him angry enough to turn a shotgun on her She d put a few extra miles on their odometer by stopping at a bookstore when he hadn t given her permission to Yeah, her mom s a real gem Like I said, the reasoning makes you understand her a little better, but this event was just the icing on a lifetime of treating her older daughter like the second fiddle You kind of hate yourself a little for connecting with her.And that s probably my favourite part of the book Her family feels like real people experiencing real drama They ve all taken sides on this and other issues, and you can feel the tension when they have to sit down with each other It s unhealthy, but entertaining All the characters felt real, actually, and the relationships between them were wholly believable and had great chemistry.The romantic interest is Daphne s former best friend and current local reporter, Ben They almost had a thing when they were in high school, but went to different colleges where Daphne met her asshole ex Now that she s single and home again, Ben s fallen back into the best friend role very easily, and while he s still sweet on her he s not dopy and obvious about it.There s no Bad Cop Halleluiah Daphne has one scene with the police chief where she s yelling at him for leaking information to his wife who then went on to spread slander about her baking all over town, and it certainly pisses him off that she d be calling out his wife like that, but we never run into him outside that scene and Daphne herself is never a suspect Despite his wife going around telling people the murder victim was poisoned after getting a cake from her, and setting the Department of Food and Agriculture to poke around her kitchen for a surprise inspection, Daphne had actually only been delivering it when she d found the body.The plot was easy to solve and Daphne really should have put it together sooner, but that s something the author can work on in the next book.But there s always a flaw, andCakehas its cake decorating scenes I took out a Styrofoam block, my flower nail, and my number 12 and number 104 tips Deciding to make yellow roses first, I filled a bag one third of the way with yellow icing I attached a square of waxed paper to the flower nail with a dot of icing I put the number 12 round tip into the coupler and made a generous cone base for the rose After I stuck the flower nail into the Styrofoam, I traded the round tip for my number 104 petal tip and retrieved the flower nail I made sure the wide end was at the bottom, and I made the center petal I followed up with the three top petals, five middle petals, and seven lower petals Voila One yellow rose. Gayle Trent, Murder Takes the Cake, p.57 There is way too much information there, and it reads like a textbook While you do learn a lot from these very specific, detailed instructions, you don t feel any of Daphne s love for her craft It s great that I ve learned how to remedy peaks in my Swiss dots, but I d rather have an easily read scene And instead of having the decorating and baking scenes woven into the story unobtrusively, they re in only a few focused instances, interrupt the flow of the narrative, and stick out like oil spills on ice flows.The verdict The abusive ex husband is mentioned several times, but that s forgiven for the ending where her refusal to get pushed around and her history of abuse ends up saving her life in a conclusion steeped in karma The obligatory pet was a cute, fluffy stray with an empty eye socket, which captured the cozy clean but realistic nature of the characters The chemistry was aces and aside from the glaring decorating scenes it was a good first novel I m planning on picking up the second and seeing if this ends up one to follow

  5. Patti TheLoveJunkee says:

    Daphne Martin is back in her hometown to start a new life after her husband tried to kill her, she moved back to the little town to start a cake business She s delivering a cake to her first customer, Yodel Watson, but when Daphne gets there, Yodel is dead

  6. KyBunnies says:

    Originally posted at Bunny s ReviewThis is not a fast hot sizzling mystery I prefer to think of it as a slow cooking mystery that provides the right ingredients information exactly when the sleuth or reader needs it.When starting this series I knew that Daphne was divorced and experienced an abusive ex husband I was thankful the author did not provide extensive details about the abuse Any type of abuse to a person or animal is an automatic DNF 1 star for me.When Daphne stumbles upon a dead c Originally posted at Bunny s ReviewThis is not a fast hot sizzling mystery I prefer to think of it as a slow cooking mystery that provides the right ingredients information exactly when the sleuth or reader needs it.When starting this series I knew that Daphne was divorced and experienced an abusive ex husband I was thankful the author did not provide extensive details about the abuse Any type of abuse to a person or animal is an automatic DNF 1 star for me.When Daphne stumbles upon a dead client she is accused of poisoning her client But not accused by the police she is accused by the citizens in the community What could be worse for a new business than for people to think she poisoned a client What else is Daphne supposed to do than find the ingredients that killed her client She needs to clear her name and make sure everyone knows that her cake was not part of the reason for the client s death.For me this was a fast short read I started and finished it in one night I do know that this author will be on my automatic buy borrow list No matter what she writes I will be reading it Gayle Trent has proven she is worth my money and time to read any and all of her works.The bad part is I read these books out of order and messed up some of the later secrets in this series I highly suggest reading in order but that is my preference it is not required.The bunnies and I give this book carrots.Disclosure This book was borrowed from the public library

  7. Ronna says:

    Every town has their local town gossip and holder of all information about everything and everyone that has done something less than stellar But not everyone is asked to bake their first cake for their new business, just to find that the customer is that town s gossip, and Daphne s cake delivery finds her dead on her own couch This is what happens to Daphne when she moves back to her hometown planning to start her cake baking business there Rumor has it that Daphne s cake poisoned her custome Every town has their local town gossip and holder of all information about everything and everyone that has done something less than stellar But not everyone is asked to bake their first cake for their new business, just to find that the customer is that town s gossip, and Daphne s cake delivery finds her dead on her own couch This is what happens to Daphne when she moves back to her hometown planning to start her cake baking business there Rumor has it that Daphne s cake poisoned her customer Finding connections to Daphne s families less than perfect past doesn t help either She can either find the real murderer or say good bye to her yummy cakes She does just that with the help of, Ben, the town s newspaper editor and Daphne s old sweet treat This is an intriguing mystery with lots of fun additions Family relations are perfectly portrayed with feelings or love, jealously, family togetherness, and a checkered pasts Cakes are described so deliciously that I had to take cupcake breaks throughout the book But best of all, the relationships between the town characters was priceless Would I want to live in that town I probable do if I knew all of my town s secrets Great fun to read this start of the Daphne Martin Cake Mysteries I listened to this on audio and really enjoyed the narration too

  8. Cheryl says:

    Daphne Martin has recently moved back home to southwest Virginia Daphne has opened Daphne s Delectable Cakes Daphne s first client is Yodel Watson Yodel has a reputation in town for being a town gossip She is also not a very liked person So when Yodel is found murdered There is no love lost The million dollar question is Who didn t want Yodel dead Murder Takes the Cake is the first Daphne Martin Cake Decorating mystery novel This book is a re release with some added, new material I like Daphne Martin has recently moved back home to southwest Virginia Daphne has opened Daphne s Delectable Cakes Daphne s first client is Yodel Watson Yodel has a reputation in town for being a town gossip She is also not a very liked person So when Yodel is found murdered There is no love lost The million dollar question is Who didn t want Yodel dead Murder Takes the Cake is the first Daphne Martin Cake Decorating mystery novel This book is a re release with some added, new material I like Daphne She is nice but she is a bit na ve At the same time, I liked this quality about Daphne and hope she never really wises up There were quite the wide ranges of interesting characters in this book While I did have fun reading this book, there were some parts in the middle where I did skim over as I felt that the story could have moved faster This book is just what a cozy mystery novel should be like good story line, interesting characters, and some twists along the way I did enjoy this book Mrs Trent serves up a tasty morsel with Murder Takes the Cake

  9. Dawn says:

    After escaping an abusive marriage Daphne Martin has returned to her hometown to begin her new life As she works to begin a new business as a cake decorator Daphne fine herself in the middle of a mysterious death The victim, Yodel Watson, is the town s most notorious gossip There is a long list of people who had reasons for wanting Yodel dead Unfortunately, a few of Daphne s family members are on that list With the help of her old friend Ben and some new friends Daphne works hard to piece t After escaping an abusive marriage Daphne Martin has returned to her hometown to begin her new life As she works to begin a new business as a cake decorator Daphne fine herself in the middle of a mysterious death The victim, Yodel Watson, is the town s most notorious gossip There is a long list of people who had reasons for wanting Yodel dead Unfortunately, a few of Daphne s family members are on that list With the help of her old friend Ben and some new friends Daphne works hard to piece together what really happened to Yodel, and who is the most likely murderer.I enjoyed this book very much The characters are interesting and some of those on the periphery leave you wanting to knowabout them The action moves right along and keeps you engaged in the story I was worried that one of the characters I rather enjoyed may be the murderer I was so glad to find I was wrong This book left me wantingand I almost ordered the next book right away I have added it to my to be read list

  10. CJ says:

    Quite possibly the worst book I ve read in a long time The book was chock full of simplistic language and excruciating detail regarding which tips the protagonist used to decorate her cakes I saw the ending coming a million miles away I don t know if the author is a dumb as her character, but I sure hope not The language of the book makes me think she is.